FEDS BUST RUSSKIE MOB IN HIGH STAKES CELEB POKER SWEEP
Celebs implicated in bust of high profile Russian mobsters illegal poker for rich & famous in New York.
Federal law enforcement wasn’t saying WHO was involved but the gamers included pro athletes, Hollywood celebrities and Wall Street executives.
None of the high-profile suckers taken by mobsters were facing were facing charges in an elaborate money laundering scheme.
The FBI raided an apartment in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and a Madison Avenue art gallery owned by two of the defendants. Arrests were also made in Los Angeles and Miami.
Among those named in a federl indictment was wealthy Russian fugitive, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov who is previously wanted in connection with a separate case accusing him of bribing figure skating judges at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Along with the illegal poker games, the crime ring operated "an international gambling business that catered to oligarchs residing in the former Soviet Union and throughout the world," the indictment says.
A-listers like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and atheletes like A-Rod are said to have been redacted from the Feds' vic list.